US State explains Nigeria travel restriction
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – A UNITED States university defended a temporary moratorium on university travel to countries at risk of Ebola, among them Nigeria.
This follows the U.S. State Department issued travel warnings to Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a
non-essential travel warning to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
“The safety of our Penn State family is our first priority,” said Michael
Adewumi, Penn State University vice provost for Global Programmess.
“We are monitoring this situation closely and are taking precautionary
measures as recommended.”
It was reported Penn State’s standard procedure is to follow the
recommendations made by the State Department, so any student desiring to travel to these countries would require approval from the University.
Any faculty or staff member traveling independently are also encouraged to
complete a separate approval process before they travel.
According to the university, while the Ebola virus poses little risk at
this time to the U.S. general population, it has raised questions about
travel to and from various regions of the world.
“Medical personnel in Penn State’s University Health Services are closely
following all recommendations from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and are continuing to work closely with University and community colleagues to determine risk and ensure the safety of the entire community.”
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